Starting this Wednesday, the hills will be alive with the sound of Julie Andrews’ new book-themed podcast.
The legendary star, known for her roles in The Sound of Music and Mary Poppins, is launching Julie’s Library, a podcast for children and their families, along with her daughter, author and actress Emma Walton Hamilton, American Public Media said in a news release.
The weekly podcast will feature Andrews and Hamilton reading aloud from children’s books, along with music, guest appearances, children talking about new words they’ve learned, and more of Andrews’ favorite things.
“When I became a parent, I passed the love of reading on to my children,” Andrews said. “My daughter and I have co-authored over 30 books for children and young adults, and our shared passion for the power of storytelling, literacy, and the arts remains fervent.”
Parents looking for something good to keep their quarantined kids entertained will be able to stream the first episode on Wednesday, with more following over the next several weeks.
Andrews said she hopes families will listen to the podcast together—perhaps before bedtime, when it’s time for the young ones to say so long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, good night.
“It is our hope that the stories and ideas we share on Julie’s Library will provide family listening pleasure, inspire meaningful conversations, and be a trusted resource for literary enjoyment and learning,” Andrews said.
Michael Schaub is a Texas-based journalist and regular contributor to NPR.